Diversity Spotlight Thursday is meme hosted weekly at Bookshelves and Paperbacks and aims to highlight diverse reads of any kind.
Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
This week’s theme is books with a South Asian inspired setting!
What I have read
Passion. Fate. Loyalty.
Would you risk it all to change your destiny?
The last thing Kelsey Hayes thought she’d be doing this summer was trying to break a 300-year-old Indian curse. With a mysterious white tiger named Ren. Halfway around the world. But that’s exactly what happened. Face-to-face with dark forces, spellbinding magic, and mystical worlds where nothing is what it seems, Kelsey risks everything to piece together an ancient prophecy that could break the curse forever.
Tiger’s Curse is the exciting first volume in an epic fantasy-romance that will leave you breathless and yearning for more.
After reading the negative reviews from a lot of GR I didn’t expect to like this so much. I found it entertaining and well researched when it came to the mythological aspects and I mentioned in my review that I couldn’t stop thinking of the characters once I’d finished I found them that compelling. I felt kind of disappointed it had to end on the note it did to be honest. On to the sequel!
On my TBR
Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.
A lot of my GR friends seem to like this saying the writing was beautiful and the characters well fleshed out. I’m here got those aspects but most of all I’m here for what others have come to describe as a wonderful portrayal of Indian mythology. I’ll also add here that this is one of those books that gives me wanderlust on just reading the description and I can already tell that this is one with good storytelling in it! 🙂
Soon to be released
Two princes, Shvate and Adri, are born in Hastinaga, capital of the vast Krushan empire—one blind, the other albino. Though one cannot see, and the other cannot face sunlight, the Dowager Empress Jilana and Prince Regent Vrath assure their people and allies that all will be well. Any rumblings of dissent are summarily quashed and none dares challenge the might of the Burnt Empire.
But when Jarsun of Reygistan’s daughter is spurned by the ruling family despite her legitimate claim to the Throne, Jarsun—a powerful demonlord—embarks upon a relentless campaign to destroy the Burnt Empire… and all who stand in his way.
To be honest I want to read all the fantasies by this author but can’t seem to find them available readily on my country’s Amazon 😦 It does look like this one will be available when it comes out though.. I hope so anyway because that description and of course that cover was love at first sight for me. There are many great books set in South Asian settings that I suppose at the moment I can only dream of having the time to read, but the time HAS to come one day as these books sound way too good!